Number 2 - August 2003
Welcome to the second issue of Rick's Tips, Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel's regular newsletter of fun and interesting things to do in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Northern California. Whether you are visiting San Francisco or hosting visitors, Blue Heron can provide an unforgettable experience. Visit our website,, to learn more about our custom vacations, tours, and hiking trips.

In this issue, we feature:

• The Most Spectacular Urban Walk in America,
• Small Plates in San Francisco, and
• The Winners of Blue Heron's Grand Opening Giveaway.

The Most Spectacular Urban Walk in America (Updated in Issue No. 49, August 2015)

This is not an overstatement. We love this walk and are always surprised how many San Franciscans either don't know about it or have never ventured out to take the 90-minute roundtrip stroll. On a clear day, you get spectacular views of the Golden Gate, the Marin Headlands, Point Bonita, and the Pacific Ocean. On a foggy day, you'll be reminded of many old films noir.

We're talking about the walk along Land's End - the point of land at the northwest corner of San Francisco where the Golden Gate meets the Pacific Ocean. To start your walk, park near the Palace of the Legion of Honor (34th Avenue and Camino del Mar in Lincoln Park). Walk down Camino del Mar toward Sea Cliff. You will see the trailhead for the Coastal Trail on your left just before you leave Lincoln Park and enter Sea Cliff. Then walk along the old railroad grade back toward the Cliff House. Forty-five minutes later you'll find yourself at the other end of Camino del Mar near Sutro baths. To return, take the shorter high road along Camino del Mar. The road will end and you'll be on trail for ? mile until you return to the road at the parking lot below the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

On your outing, you can also include a visit to the Palace of the Legion of Honor - home to the largest collection of works by Auguste Rodin outside of Paris - and have lunch in its pleasant caf?. Or play a round of golf at the Lincoln Park Golf Course, home to some of the most scenic 18 holes in America (and the remains of a few paupers who did not make the journey to Colma in the early 20th century when the cemeteries were moved out of San Francisco).

Small Plates in San Francisco

The Spanish have long realized that it's fun to nibble on a bunch of small dishes rather than to eat a traditional meal of an appetizer and an entr?e. So throughout Spain you will find tapas bars. Here in San Francisco we not only have restaurants devoted to tapas, but also restaurants that feature small plates of food from other countries. Here are three we like:

Chez Nous: This small caf? features delicious small plates of French food in the heart of San Francisco's trendy upper Fillmore. Specialties include tuna tartare, tortilla Espa?ola del dia (Spanish torte of the day), and grilled Monterey calamari salad. Reservations are not accepted, so try going at an off hour to avoid the crowds. Chez Nous is located at 1911 Fillmore Street. (415) 441-8044.

Mezes: The Greeks, too, have small plates of food called mezes. This very pleasant caf? is located in San Francisco's Marina District. We like to dip hunks of bread in their wonderful tzatziki or melitzanosalata. The gigantes, large white beans in a tomato sauce, are not to be missed. If you are with a group of meat eaters, try their Pikilia Kreaton, a plate of grilled meat and sausage. Reservations are accepted for 4 or more people. Mezes is located at 2373 Chestnut Street. (415) 409-7111.

Pesce: In Italy a restaurant serving small plates is called a cicchetti bar. If you like seafood, this restaurant is perfect for you. From the oyster shots to the extraordinary Sicilian swordfish rolls, everything is delicious. You'll also want to try the tasty grilled sardines and saut?ed English peas. Reservations are accepted. Pesce is located at 2227 Polk Street. (415) 928-8025.

The Winners of Blue Heron's Grand Opening Giveaway

To celebrate Blue Heron's opening, we held a drawing to give away four tours. The winners are:

• San Francisco Highlights Tour - Janet, from Sebastopol, CA, will be coming in from the distant suburbs to visit some of San Francisco's hidden treasures.
• Those Magnificent Redwoods Tour - Brian and Barbara, from Newton, MA, visited Muir Woods and the Presidio of San Francisco during their recent vacation in San Francisco.
• "Hidden Vineyards Tour - Sally, from Napa, CA, who said she doesn't get out much to see what's in her own back yard, will visit some wonderful wineries featuring Pinot Noir and enjoy a picnic overlooking the vineyards with her husband and friends.
• Oceanside Vistas Tour - Bob, from Oakland, CA, always wanted to explore the spectacular Marin County coast. Now he will along with five of his friends.

Congratulations to these lucky individuals and the friends and family who will tour with them. If you too would like a tour from Blue Heron Custom Tours, please contact us at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or For details on these tours, as well as our custom vacations and hiking trips, visit our website,

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That's it for this month. Enjoy the remainder of your summer. See you on the road,


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